Kronos

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1957

Jeff Morrow as Dr. Leslie Gaskell. Morrow was most active in the 50’s and 60’s and he was This Island Earth, the Robe and lots of others. He had a great voice and a serious face.

Barbara Lawrence as Vera Hunter. Lawrence was active between the mid 40’s and early 60’s. She was in Oklahoma!, A street with no name and a number of other films.

This films was very slow. So slow that not much happens until the end and by then you have probably stopped by caring. So instead of boring you with a real right up I’ll just throw ten things out about this film.

1-Apparently the aliens who built Kronos were greatly influenced by a box kite.

2-Jeff Morrow almost smiled in this film, yes almost.

3-Apparently other civilizations use animated dots to take over humans.

4-Watching stock footage of a helicopters shadow made me just as sleepy as stock footage of a helicopter.

5-Apparently giant robots like to sit and settle a while before leaping into action.

6-Some spaceships can move in herky jerky motions whenever they want.

7-Back in the 1950’s lightning looked like it was done by animation instead of you know looking real.

8-It’s okay to just land you helicopter on top of a giant alien robot and just step out on the robot without any protection or weapons.

9-Some times giant robots look like something that Wil E. Coyote bought to stop the roadrunner.

10-In the 50’s the computers were huge and you rarely ever to touch button. Which was convenient as scientists could have their hands free for important things like smoking.

I will toss in some positives. Despite the lack of events or cohesive script I still like Morrow and Lawrence and thought they worked well together. The few outdoor on locations scenes were nice. Although the robot is very low budget they tried to get decent angles of it and some worked out fine. I liked that Kronos landed in Mexico instead of the usual locations like New York or California (although I am guessing it was filmed in Cali).

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Devil girl from Mars

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1954

Who’s in this?

Hazel Court plays a model here. She was a model and then was in films such as the classic Curse of Frankenstein, Dr. Blood’s Coffin, The man who could cheat death, The Raven and more. She sadly died in 2008.

Patricia Laffan as Nyah (Devil Girl) from Mars. She spent about two decades in film and tv. Perhaps most known for Quo Vadis.

Adrienne Corri plays Doris the barmaid. Likely most known for being the victim in the rape scene in Clockwork Orange. She did quite a bit of tv and films, but her last credit is listed as being over 20 years ago.

Hugh McDermott as Michael Carter a smug poop eating reporter with a face you want to punch. Scottish born actor who spent four decades in various films and shows. Was still acting when he passed awat at the age of 65 in 1972.

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Excuse me but I traveled here from Mars and appear to have forgotten my pants.

What’s this about?

This girl works at this quiet little tavern/Inn and then her misunderstood boyfriend shows up although everyone else thinks he’s a no good  bum. She tries to keep his secret that he is running from the law. This old scientist and the most annoying male reporter ever looking for a metorite crash site or a drink or both. The goofhead reporter starts flirting with a model staying there blah, blah, blah I’m a reporter and a lunk head blah, blah, blah. Oh, wait a minute isn’t there supposed to be a devil girl you know from Mars in this movie? I hear all the best devil girls from there. Finally something that looks like a glowing bumpy doorknob comes to land. Well, I’ll be a flyin’ saucer oh, hold on this is England so I say good chap that looks like one of those floating items that we put under our teacups. Out of the spaceship thinamabob comes an alien dressed in a leather outfit complete with mini-skirt and cap plus she has a cape, So obvious she is way cooler than anyone at the inn. To make what can seem like a long movie short Mars needs dudes to repopulate the planet. So the younger guys here have the chance to go be with a bunch of alien woman likely also all in leather mini-skirts so they say-no. What? Oh, my we are appaled by such and offer and turn up our noses at it. Oh, well the devil girl shows off her laser gun and her robot buddy who looks like an old toaster or an old coffe maker or something else old. Eventually the people in the house find out about the innkeeper’s daughter being an escaped convict so they tie him up. Yet eventually he gets free and agrees to go to Mars to repopulate the planet. It’s a ll trick and he blows up the ship and himself plus the devil girl in the leather mini skirt and her bit old lunky robot ooops I mean her rather large mechanical contraption, old sot.

The negatives-The first 20 minutes or so are very slow. This is based on a play and you can tell. It’s feels stiff at times. Hugh McDermott annoyed the beejeezus out of me.

The positives-The basic story is crazy enough to be interesting. Glad they went with black and white it likely helped not just the effects but the landscape as well. Love the scene where Patricia Laffen is slowly making her way over the hill towards the inn. Patricia Laffen tries hard with a part that easily could have been a serious disaster.

Overall a likable enough although odd little film.

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Oh look a giant old style remote control.